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Love you will find only where you may show yourself weak without provoking strength.
Theodor Adorno

Meaning of "weak" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD WEAK

Old English wāc soft, miserable; related to Old Saxon wēk, Old High German weih, Old Norse veikr.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF WEAK

weak  [wiːk] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF WEAK

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Weak is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES WEAK MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Weak

Weak may refer to: ▪ "Weak", 1993 ▪ "Weak", 1995 ▪ "Weak", a song by Westlife from Gravity ▪ "Weak", 2011 ▪ "Weak", an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit...

Definition of weak in the English dictionary

The first definition of weak in the dictionary is lacking in physical or mental strength or force; frail or feeble. Other definition of weak is liable to yield, break, or give way. Weak is also lacking in resolution or firmness of character.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH WEAK


antique
ænˈtiːk
boutique
buːˈtiːk
chic
ʃiːk
clique
kliːk
creek
kriːk
geek
ɡiːk
Greek
ɡriːk
Martinique
ˌmɑːtɪˈniːk
Mozambique
ˌməʊzəmˈbiːk
peak
piːk
politique
ˌpɒlɪˈtiːk
pratique
ˈprætiːk
Reg.
riːk
seek
siːk
Sikh
siːk
speak
spiːk
spec.
spiːk
technique
tɛkˈniːk
unique
juːˈniːk
week
wiːk

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE WEAK

weak force
weak interaction
weak link
weak nuclear force
weak nuclear interaction
weak point
weak sister
weak spot
weak verb
weak-kneed
weak-kneedly
weak-kneedness
weak-minded
weak-mindedly
weak-mindedness
weak-willed
weaken
weakener
weakening

WORDS THAT END LIKE WEAK

beak
bleak
break
coffee break
daybreak
heartbreak
jailbreak
leak
losing streak
lunch break
make or break
outbreak
Pikes Peak
sneak
so to speak
squeak
steak
streak
teak
tweak

Synonyms and antonyms of weak in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «WEAK»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «weak» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of weak

Translation of «weak» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF WEAK

Find out the translation of weak to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of weak from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «weak» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

弱的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

débil
570 millions of speakers

English

weak
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

कमजोर
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

ضَعِيف
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

слабый
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

fraco
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

দুর্বল
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

faible
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Lemah
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

schwach
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

弱い
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

약한
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Banget
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

yếu
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பலவீனமான
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

कमकुवत
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

zayıf
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

debole
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

słaby
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

слабкий
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

slăbit
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

αδύναμος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

swak
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

svag
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

svak
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of weak

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «WEAK»

The term «weak» is very widely used and occupies the 6.741 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «WEAK» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «weak» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «weak» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about weak

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10 QUOTES WITH «WEAK»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word weak.
1
Jack Henry Abbott
Because there is something helpless and weak and innocent - something like an infant - deep inside us all that really suffers in ways we would never permit an insect to suffer.
2
John Adams
Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.
3
Theodor Adorno
Love you will find only where you may show yourself weak without provoking strength.
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Piers Anthony
When one person makes an accusation, check to be sure he himself is not the guilty one. Sometimes it is those whose case is weak who make the most clamour.
5
Kate Atkinson
It's been said that the men in my books have been absent, or weak, or creepy.
6
Abu Bakar Bashir
Because Islam in its original form was tough and hard, not weak and pliable.
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Abu Bakar Bashir
Oil wealth has been a curse on us, made us weak and docile.
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Alison Bechdel
Partly I resented being perceived as weak because I was a girl.
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Richard Beymer
I was miserable in West Side Story. They really miscast me. I came from the Midwest; what they really needed was a guy that was street smart. The first time I saw the movie, I had to walk out. I looked like the biggest fruit that ever walked on to film. My character was so weak.
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Anne Bronte
No generous mind delights to oppress the weak, but rather to cherish and protect.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «WEAK»

Discover the use of weak in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to weak and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America's Campaign to ...
" Some 60,000 Americans were sterilized under laws in 27 states. This expanded edition includes two new essays on state genocide.
Edwin Black, 2012
2
Weak States in the International System
This work defines weak states and their strengths and weaknesses. It examines why they are weak and their position in different international systems as well as their economic positions.
Michael I. Handel, 1990
3
Weak Links: Fragile States, Global Threats, and ...
However, as this book shows, our assumptions about the threats posed by failed and failing states are based on false premises.
Stewart Patrick, 2011
4
Strong Societies and Weak States: State-society Relations ...
This book offers a fresh approach to the study of state society relations and to the possibilities for economic and political reforms in the third world.
Joel S. Migdal, 1988
5
Weak Versus Strong Sustainability: Exploring the Limits of ...
This fourth edition of an enduring and popular book has been fully updated and revised, exploring the two opposing paradigms of sustainability in an insightful and accessible way.
Eric Neumayer, 2013
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Power of the Weak: Studies on Medieval Women
Covering the eleventh through sixteenth centuries, these essays suggest that influence and power may have paradoxically been available to women despite, and sometimes precisely because of, their subordinate position in society.
Jennifer Carpenter, Sally-Beth MacLean, 1995
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Weak Links: Stabilizers of Complex Systems from Proteins to ...
Could there possibly be a single answer to all these questions? This book shows that the statement: 'weak links stabilize complex systems' provides the key to understanding each of these intriguing puzzles, and many others too.
Peter Csermely, 2006
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Weak Convergence and Empirical Processes: With Applications ...
This book provides an account of weak convergence theory and empirical processes and their applications to a wide variety of applications in statistics.
AW van der Vaart, Jon Wellner, 1996
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What to Do When Faith Seems Weak and Victory Lost
"Do not make the mistake multiplied thousands of Christians are making. That is, wondering and wavering concerning the will of God in anything that is promised by God.
Kenneth E. Hagin, 1982
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South Asia's Weak States: Understanding the Regional ...
To explain what has caused and contributed to the perpetual insecurity and human suffering in the region, this book engages scholars of international relations, comparative politics, historical sociology, and economic development, among ...
T. V. Paul, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «WEAK»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term weak is used in the context of the following news items.
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Jerry Hall: women are weak about ageing
She told the Radio Times that imagining you can stay young forever is "taking away from young people." "There's a beauty and a respect in age," she said. «BT.com, Aug 15»
2
Will Raze Charminar If It is Weak, Says Telangana Government
When a building becomes weak, if Charminar becomes weak, in 200 years, 400 years or 500 years, it will have to be razed too. If a building becomes weak, ... «NDTV, Aug 15»
3
Canon cuts outlook as weak camera sales hit second-quarter profit
Canon has been trying to offset weak growth in cameras with investments in new businesses. Earlier this year it offered to buy video surveillance firm AXIS AB ... «Reuters, Jul 15»
4
NRF cuts 2015 US retail sales forecast after weak first half
Kleinhenz said the weak first half sales were due to bad weather through most of the winter, the West Coast ports disruptions and a stronger dollar among other ... «Reuters, Jul 15»
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Gold drops on global cues, low demand; silver remains weak
NEW DELHI: Snapping its two-day gaining streak, gold prices fell by Rs 100 to trade at Rs 27,100 per ten grams at the bullion market today, tracking a weak ... «Times of India, Jun 15»
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Weak monsoon to be credit negative for India: Moody's
NEW DELHI: A weak monsoon is likely to be credit negative for India as it is expected to push up food inflation as well as government deficits, global rating ... «Economic Times, Jun 15»
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Today's Weak On High Volume Stock: IsoRay (ISR)
Trade-Ideas LLC identified IsoRay ( ISR) as a weak on high relative volume candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified IsoRay as ... «TheStreet.com, May 15»
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Weak US jobs data keeps stock markets in check
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Weak U.S. economic reports kept stocks in check on Wednesday, though European markets continued to trade higher and Wall ... «Yahoo News UK, May 15»
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Stocks drift after weak reports; Asia, Europe mostly shut
LONDON (AP) — Stocks lacked momentum on Friday after weak U.S. earnings underlined an uncertain economic outlook and dented Wall Street. Most Asian ... «Yahoo News, May 15»
10
Forum Energy Technologies (FET) Weak On High Volume
Trade-Ideas LLC identified Forum Energy Technologies ( FET) as a weak on high relative volume candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, ... «TheStreet.com, May 15»

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